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. it was believed they forged a partnership, but jon karl is in washington, and the speaker fired off a letter just before we came on the air tonight? >> reporter: that's right. the speaker and the president were on the verge of an historic deal that would have cut spending by $3.5 trillion, dealt with the debt crisis and raised that debt ceiling. now, the speaker has fired off this letter to all the members of the house, saying the deal, the talks are over. he says it has become evident that the white house is simply not serious about ending the spending binge. in the end, the speaker writes, we could not connect. i'm told this broke down over a disagreement over how much to raise tax revenues. >> and jon, you know it wasn't long after we learned that this letter was coming that the president said he was going to fire back then, too. here's what the president just said, we'll get your reaction herere >> we have run out of time and they are going to have to explain to me how it is that we are going to avoid default. and they can come up with any plans s at they want and bring them up here and we wi
before midnight. jon karl is watching it all from capitol hill. the speaker says he'll try again today. >> reporter: he will. but, george, this debt ceiling crisis has become a political crisis for republicans. boehner's going to convene all 240 house republicans this morning to make 1 final push for it. but the reason he pulled the bill last night is he just couldn't get enough republicans to pass his own bill. republican leaders worked late into the night, trying to get the votes to pass their own debt ceiling bill. reporters swarmed around utah republican jason chaffetz as he emerged from a tense meeting in speaker boehner's office. he told us he's still not sure. how much pressure is there on you to change your mind on this? >> i'm very plenty surprised that they are not twisting and ripping arms off. >> reporter: the speaker said he can't do his job if you guys aren't there to support him. >> i am fully supportive of the speaker. >> reporter: this is his most important vote yet as speaker. >> i just can't support his bill. but i do support the speaker. >> reporter: but for speaker
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. >> reporter: jon huntsman? >> he's refreshingly kind of -- comes across as non-ideological. conservative, but practical. i think governor romney's doing a better job as a candidate this time than he did four years ago. i'm not surprised by how well michele bachmann's done. i've been watching her speak. she comes across as a real person. >> reporter: ever the political junkie. jake tapper, abc news, chicago. >>> and one of the reasons michele bachmann comes across as a real person is because she's willing to share so much about her personal life. last night, she opened up about suffering a miscarriage, a first for a presidential candidate. abc's sharyn alfonsi has more on the candidate who is putting her family's struggles and joys at the center of her campaign. >> reporter: it happened at a packed town hall meeting in south carolina. >> after our second chchd was born, we became pregnant with a third baby. and it was an unexpected baby, but of course we were delighted to have this child. and the child was coming along, and we ended up losing that child. >>>>eporter: the crowd stood still
question. christiane, thanks to you. and tomorrow on "this week," arizona republican senator, jon kyl, among the guests. intimately involved in those behind-the-scenes talks. >>> we turn overseas tonight and to a cry for help from one of the most desperate places on earth. hundreds of thousands of families, mothers and children, fleeing the drought in somalia. abc news is the first network to report from the scene. tonight, our lama hasan reports on the disaster in the desert. she's in kenya, at a refugee camp bursting at the seams tonight. >> reporter: they are exhausted. starving and desperate for help. >> the drought is turning one of the world's worst humanitarian crises into a human tragedy of unimaginable proportion. >> reporter: these families are carrying only what they can. their malnourished kids. they have survived an agonizing journey. little food or water, through dusty, desolate land. >> our children are dying. this one just died in my arms. >> reporter: these somali refugees have just arrived here. they've been walking for weeks get food and water. at a nearby camp, we
stares down its debt. abc's jon karl explains. >> reporter: we took a journey to the u.s. mint in philadelphia for a lesson in how the government is losing money by making money. this is the presidential dollar coin. congress ordered the mint to make millions of them to honor every dead president but nobody seems to want them. they cost 32 cents a pop to make. the mint makes nearly 2 million of them every day. do the math. about 600,000 dollars a day to make them. because almost nobody uses these things, most go directly into storage. we found a bunch of them 100 miles down the road in a vault. here at the federal reserve in baltimore, the coins are packed into plastic bags stacked one on top of each other all the way up and down this aisle several aisles of them, millions and millions of dollars in presidential coins. federal reserve says they are piling up so quickly they are spending $650,000 to build a new vault in dallas to hold them. shipping the coins there will cost another $3 million. senator jack reed was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that directed the mint to ma
security check riding on the outcome. abc's jon karl joins us now, from washington, with the latest. what about it? how close are we finally to a deal? >> reporter: getting close to a deal with the house speaker, john boehner. the outlines of this deal include up to $3 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years including some cuts to popular entitlement programs like medicare and social security. also, elizabeth, it would include a promise or a commitment that congress would bring more money in through tax revenues by reforming the code, closing some of those loopholes. that's something that congress would act on over this last year. >> that last one, isn't that disguise? a tax increase in >> reporter: well, certainly some will call it that. the rates won't go up. congress would have to act over the next year. if they didn't ago, automatic steps would be taken that both sides wouldn't like which would be tax hikes and spending cuts. possibly, elizabeth, they're talking about repealing part of the health care bill. >> even if president obama and speaker boehner reach a deal they hav
sarah palin. jonathan karl is in washington and has more on all this. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. there is no presidential candidate with more momentum right now than michele bachmann. ♪ my home in -- >> reporter: no republican presidential candidate has taken a harder line on the debt ceiling showdown than michele bachmann. >> we were all shocked and appalled that president obamama dangled out in front of the cameras that senior citizens may not get their checks. that's a very dangerous statement to make. we don't believe -- excuse me. excuse me. we don't believe that for a moment. >> reporter: tough talk from bachmann is nothing new but she now speaks with new-found authority as a top tier contender for the republican presidential nomination. a new national poll puts bachmann firmly in second place as the leading challenger to front-runner mitt romney. and in key first caucus state iowa, three separate polls over the past week put bachmann in first place. >> republican primary voters are looking for somebody who has -- brings some
markets. let's get a reality check from abc's countdown team. jake tapper at the white house. jon karl on capitol hill. bianna golodryga from the new york stock exchange. looking at the asian and european markets overnight, there seems to be concern but not panic yet, bianna. >> reporter: that's right. wall street seems to be patient with washington. markets opening blower. just about 130 points lower. not the knee jerk reaction that people were fearful of. things are still at an impasse. even though the markets aren't selling off, people are concerned about what's still on the table a credit downgrade. the s&p says the u.s. could lose its aaa ratings in the next three months. that would mean that interest rates go higher. it would be more difficult for people to get a loan out there. and it could be a big burden for this economy, as we're just starting to recover. george? >> jon, they had been hoping on capitol hill to come up with some sort of deal before the markets opened today. that has not happened. it seems, the only thing that everyone seems to be accepting th
later today. abc's jon karl is covering it from capitol hill. jon, we are seeing fire from the house speaker. >> reporter: we sure are. this vote today on his debt ceiling plan is the highest-stakes vote of his term as speaker of the house. and he is doing everything he can to get those tea partyers in line. john boehner is now demanding republicans stand with their party. in a closed-door meeting, he had a stern message for tea partiers who just don't like his debt ceiling plan. boehner told them get your ass in line, sources at the meeting tell abc news. this comes a day after another republican leader attempted to rally the troops with a clip from the movie "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is. you can never ask me about it later. and we're going to hurt some people. >> which car are we going to take? >> reporter: allen west liked what he heard. >> i told him i would drive the car. >> they could have used "rudy," "hoosiers," "band of brothers." but this was the choice that they made. >> t ts is a movie. this is not reality. so, get a li
and there is still no agreement on what to do. sounds like a broken record. >> absolutely. as abc's jon karl reports it's not just democrats versus republicans, it's republicans versus republicans. >> reporter: john boehner is cracking the whip. he convened a meeting of all 240 house republicans today. sources who were there tell abc he had a blunt message for tea partyers. get your ass in line, he said, i can't do this job unless you are behind me. >> get you guys in line? >> we are a team, we are about trying to move the country forward. >> reporter: the tough talk does appear to be working. but it's not an easy sell. some of the tea partyers still just don't believe those dire warnings about government default. >> armageddon happens at midnight, august 3, is not the case, it is not true. >> reporter: kevin mccarthy, the third ranking republican in the house, urged republicans to unite behind boehner's plan by showing this clip from "the town." >> i need your help. i can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, we're going to hurt some people. >> which car we going to take? >> r
the question? has the migraine ever kept you from work? >> we'll see if she does. jon karl says he follows her closely on the campaign trail and no one works harder or more vigorously out there. so far, so good. >>> other news now, the postmaster general is pushing now to cut back mail delivery to just five days a week. he says the post offffe lost $8 billion last year and is on track for a similar loss this year. that's because mail volume is down mostly because of people using the internet for letters and to pay their bills. >>> it is a bittersweet morning for nasa astronauts and crew members as the final shuttle mission comes to an end. it's the end of the historic shuttle program that dates back to the 1980s. while the crew says gogo-bye to the shuttle, many nasa employees ll be saying good-bye to their jobs. >> reporter: on their last full day aboard the space shuttle "atlantis" the crew practiced landings on a computer laptop, peered out the windows and read poetry. the men on the ground who will lead "atlantis" back through the landing said thursday morning would be tough. >> i don't th
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